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ARTSEDGE ARTSEDGE

ARTSEDGE

The Kennedy Center opens its doors to thousands of children each year – and hundreds of thousands more step in through ARTSEDGE, our K-12 arts education network.

Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln and Music

Abraham Lincoln and Music

Abraham Lincoln was one of America's most unmusical presidents - he could neither play an instrument nor carry a tune

African Dance African Dance

African Dance

These five-minute video lessons will help you learn the posture and isolations common in African dance, and about two African drums, the cajon and the djembe

Alan Stanford Alan Stanford: The Power of Theater

Alan Stanford: The Power of Theater

Alan Stanford & the Cast of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot talk about experiencing the magic of theater by coming to the theater with an “open heart.”

Andes Manta Andes Manta

Andes Manta

Andes Manta performs the vibrant music of the Andes on more than 35 traditional instruments. From the lyrical sound of the quena, or Andean Flute, to the haunting tones of the six-foot long pan-pipes, the music of Andes Manta is an experience that never fails to bring audiences to their feet.

Arabesque Podcast cover Arabesque: Music of the Arab World

Arabesque: Music of the Arab World

A 3-part audio series that explores different aspects of Arab music: the musical instruments of the Arab World; what makes Arab music unique; and the styles of music in the Arab World

Casals at the White House Art in Camelot: The Arts in the Kennedy Years

Art in Camelot: The Arts in the Kennedy Years

Through his words and examples, President Kennedy raised awareness of the importance of the arts in America

moon Art/Space

Art/Space

How do composers hear space? What does space sound like? Is there music in space? Narrated by Roger Launius of the Space History Division of the National Air and Space Museum, this series looks at the way music and outer space connect.

Artfully Speaking Artfully Speaking

Artfully Speaking

An audio series pulled from lectures, workshops and other events for educators presented by and through the Education Department of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

August Wilson August Wilson: The Power of Theater

August Wilson: The Power of Theater

August Wilson's work accurately portrays the black experience in America-addressing themes of struggle (violence, economic injustices, unemployment, poverty and neglect, racism, civil rights, unlawful imprisonment, the legacy of slavery) as well as themes of triumph (the strength of family ties and loyalties, the uniqueness of black culture and the fight to preserve and value it).

Conga drum Azor: Vodou Jazz

Azor: Vodou Jazz

Azor is known throughout the world as one of the most powerful voices in traditional sacred music in Vodou. He and his group of traditional drummers travel and record extensively especially in Japan. Their repertoire ranges from traditional chants to “Vodou jazz.”

Balkan Quartet Balkan Quartet

Balkan Quartet

Specializing in Gypsy music, these versatile musicians from the heart of the Balkans perform music from the region

Beethoven Rocks!

Beethoven Rocks!

Part 1 of the Beethoven Rocks series: Get to know Classical music's biggest star

Beethoven: Listening to Symphony No. 5

Beethoven: Listening to Symphony No. 5

Part 2 of the Beethoven Rocks series: The Riff Heard ‘Round the World

Beethoven: Listening to Symphony No. 6

Beethoven: Listening to Symphony No. 6

Part 3 of the Beethoven Rocks series: The Pastoral

Beethoven: Listening to Symphony No. 9

Beethoven: Listening to Symphony No. 9

Part 4 of the Beethoven Rocks series: Ode to Joy

Beijing Traditional Ensemble Beijing Traditional Music Ensemble

Beijing Traditional Music Ensemble

Beijing Traditional Music Ensemble's extensive repertoire and virtuoso musicians demonstrate the range of distinctive styles that developed in each region for erhu (fiddle), pipa (lute), and other instruments.

audio mixer Ben Burtt: The Sounds of Star Wars

Ben Burtt: The Sounds of Star Wars

Meet Ben Burtt, Sound Designer for films like Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark and WALL-E. Learn how he comes up with sounds that complement the amazing things seen on the silver screen – from laser blasts to whirring, buzzing lightsabers. Find out the story behind some of his signature effects and how he first got interested in sound design.

Betty Carter Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead

Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead

Under the direction of Jason Moran, Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor for Jazz, the Jazz Ahead program identifies outstanding, emerging jazz artist-composers in their mid-teens to age twenty-five, and brings them together under the tutelage of experienced artist-instructors who coach and counsel them, helping to polish their performance, composing, and arranging skills.

Boys Choir Black Choral Music: Boys Choir of Tallahassee

Black Choral Music: Boys Choir of Tallahassee

In the late 19th century, Harry Burleigh-a protege of Antonin Dvorak-took the musical style to new heights with choral arrangements informed by his classical training. Modern choral music takes on many different forms, and is often accompanied by the piano, percussion, and bass.

Blood, Guts, & Gore Blood, Guts, and Gore

Blood, Guts, and Gore

These video tutorials offer step-by-step guides for homemade fake blood and other gory stage effects. The series is hosted by stuntman and special effects professional Greg Poljacik.

Blue Note Records Blue Note Records at 75

Blue Note Records at 75

When it comes to the ongoing experiment that is modern jazz, there have been few cooler laboratories than Blue Note Records. For 75 years and counting, Blue Note has put the recording of innovative, authentic, uncompromising jazz above other measures of success.

Blues Journey Blues Journey

Blues Journey

Out of the hardships of Black Americans at the turn of the 20th century came the blues, a music that helped ease their suffering.

Willie from Blues Journey Blues Journey: Page to Stage

Blues Journey: Page to Stage

Join playwright Jerome Hairson and director Scot Reese as they bring the story of Blues Journey from page to stage, developing the original book of blues lyrics into a fully realized play, rich with musical performances. Blues Journey follows the life of a blues performer as he learns to play, finds fame, and witnesses the blues evolve into rock-and-roll in this world premiere Kennedy Center original production based on the children's book by Walter Dean Myers.

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